Irish Lotto

If you are visiting Ireland and after a drink or two have seen someone scream at the telly whether in joy or disgust at the numbered balls rolling around you might have ended up asking what is the Irish Lotto? The Irish lotto may not be as well known as the impressive Irish rugby players or the reputation for the abundance in liquor even though it has been around since 1988. It is a 6/45 lottery and is the flagship drawing game of the National Lottery, Ireland’s state lottery.

Being a 6/45 lottery game, a player must match the six numbers drawn from a pool of numbers from 1 to 45 to win the jackpot. Secondary prizes can be won when a player matches three to five numbers of the ones drawn. The bonus ball in the Irish lotto helps you to win bigger prizes from the secondary prize tiers. The prize tiers in this lottery total to seven two of which have a set prize. To participate, players must play two lines each having six numbers. A player can pick his or her own lucky numbers or use the quick pick option that is available at all vendors. The quick pick is a computer generated series of numbers rather than the player marking out his numbers on a paper slip. The jackpot for the Irish lotto is never goes lower than 2 million Euros and is often in excess of 5 million Euros. This is because there is no jackpot cap and if it’s not won it rolls over until it does. This means that if you do hit it big it just might be really big like the €16,717,717 biggest single win or the €18,963,441 jackpot won by a syndicate of sixteen colleagues.

The Irish lotto is drawn each Wednesday and Saturday evening at around 8 pm in Ireland. The results usually become available shortly after and the breakdown within the hour. Sale of the tickets closes at 7.40 pm before the draw and reopens after the close of the draw. It is possible to play the Irish lotto even if you do not reside in Ireland through the Online Ticket Concierge Service. The winnings from the lottery are tax free and paid out in a lump sum. The prize must be claimed within 90 days from the time of the draw or it will have to be returned to the prize fund for redistribution. The odds for the jackpot currently stand at 1 in 8,145,060 while for the other prizes go up with the best odds being that of a match-3 which stand at 1 in 48.

The lotto has resulted in two spinoff games: the Lotto 5-4-3-2-1 that started in 1997 and the Lotto Plus that started in 2000. The Lotto 5-4-3-2-1 is based around the Irish Lotto draw where a player can win a prize by matching 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 of the numbers drawn which the players can base on a 6 or 7 number game the former of which excludes the bonus number. The Lotto Plus is an add-on to the Irish lotto where players can enter their numbers in a 6/42 drawing for a chance to win a fixed £250,000. So what is the Irish lotto? A chance to experience more from the Irish hospitality.

April 13, 2014 by : Posted in Promotions

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